Board of directors profile

Marie-José Auclair
President of the Board

Graduated in Biology with a Major in Sciences of the Environment at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), specialising in Aquatic Ecology. She has been working for the Environment for more than 35 years.


At Environment Canada, Marie-José Auclair worked as an advisor in environmental evaluation and to establish the state of the health of the St-Lawrence River. She also represented the Federal Government among different environment comities under the “Convention de la Baie James et du Nord québécois”.


She is now a freelance Biologist. She has written many books and articles on the many natural, historic and cultural beauty of many regions of Québec and published articles on Outdoor, Ecotourism and Biodiversity throughout the world. Her book “Le Québec au fil de l’eau” (2009) published by Les Éditions de l’HOMME puts forth the beauty and fragility of this precious resource in Québec and North America.


She has also been an additional Commissary at “Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement du Québec” (BAPE) and supplied freelance works on Environment and Biodiversity of many Organisms.

Gilles DuSablon

Gilles DuSablon worked in various advertising agencies for over 30 years. After a successful 11-year at Marketel McCann Erikson as a partner and creative director, he now focuses on the creation and production of short features for his own company Sam, founded in 2007.


On a personal level, Gilles has three children and five grandchildren. He has always been a nature enthusiast (at the age of one, he was already camping) with many canoe trips, winter camping, rock and ice climbing, mountain biking as well as many hiking trails. An avid downhill skier, he skis mainly at Mount Sutton. As a teenager, he skied at Mount Echo. You guessed his age now.


He wants to dedicate his experience and his passion to the protection of our environment.

Robert Benoit

Robert Benoit has over  40 years of experience in the electrical energy sector in Quebec, North America and internationally. He chairs the Board of directors of AddÉnergie, the largest electric vehicle charging station company in Canada. He also represents the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Quebec (CPDQ) on the board of Tornatech, an international leader in the field of fire prevention.


Resident of Sutton for almost 30 years, Robert has been involved in many issues related to conservation and land use planning. He is a member of two land trusts, Mount Pinacle and Mount Echo.

Louise Gratton

Louise Gratton woks as a consultant in ecology and conservation. She holds a master degree in biology from UQAM (1981) and combine 22 years of experience as a consultant. She developed a strong expertise in surveys, protection, design and restauration of natural areas across Québec.


From 2001 to 2003, she was employed by Nature Conservancy Canada as Science Manager for Québec area. She was, among other things, responsible for conservation planning at a landscape scale.


Ms. Gratton is a cofounder of Appalachian Corridor and is a board member of many organizations including Two countries, one forest (a transborder organization dedicated to the biodiversity conservation ine the Appalachian region), les Amis de la tourbière de Saint-Joachim-Shefford and the Associsation forestière du sud du Québec. Her volunteering commitment towards conservation of natural areas resulted in a number of awards including the prix Conscientia 2014 from the Conseil regional de l’environnement de la Montérégie and the prix Pierre-Dansereau from Québec’s biologists association in 2011 to highlight her outstanding contribution to biological biodiversity communication.

Luc Dumouchel
Board Member

Hailing from Granby, Eastern-Townships, Luc Dumouchel graduated from the Forestry and Geodesy School of Université Laval (1981). Mr. Dumouchel has worked in the private forest sector for over 25 years. He is Manager of the Association forestière de la Montérégie since 1996.


He became a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec in 1985 where he was a board member delegate for the Estrie-Montérgie area in 1994-1995 and from 2002 to 2010. From 1985 to 2004, he was Forest Service Manager for Brome-Missisquoi RCM. He was actively involved with municipal activities in the forest sector, especially the development of a land use plan, first and second generations, as well as conception and application of regulatory framework regarding felling of trees. In 1987, he established the Pépinière régionale de la MRC Brome-Missisquoi which he managed until 1996.


In addition to its professional activities, Luc Dumouchel sat at numerous boards of organizations (watershed organization, G.I.S. Agency, private school, etc.)

Michel Boivin
Board Member

A  Parks  Canada retiree where he worked for more than 33 years, Michel cumulates a vast and diversified experience in the management of protected areas. During the course of his career he held a variety of positions, namely superintendent of Saguenay Saint-Lawrence Marine Park, Yoho, Kootenay national parks and Lake Louise (Banff) and Executive Director for Quebec. As such, he was responsible for overseeing all Parks Canada operations in the province and ensuring strategic relations with various government representatives, business community, elected officials and regional partners.

Now back in the Eastern Townships, he wishes to use his experience in support of the environnement and of the community. Avid fly fisherman and fly tyer, he also enjoys numerous outdoor activities.

Michel Bélanger
Board Member

Michel Bélanger is an environmental lawyer, a reference in the field! Michel is trained as both a lawyer and notary, he holds a master’s degree in public law from the University of Montreal and a diploma in environmental law and land-use management from Robert Schuman University (Strasbourg, France). He has been teaching at Polytechnique Montréal, the Université de Sherbrooke, Université Laval and UQAM. Michel hosts a feature about environmental issues on Monday mornings on Radio-Canada Estrie  radio show.

Co-founder of the Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement (CQDE), Michel has been presiding Nature-Québec (and is still on their board of directors) and, closer to us, he has been on the board of the Mont Pinnacle Land Trust.
Michel has worked on important biodiversity protection cases in Quebec and has defended cases at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Françoise Bricault
Delegate for Eastern Affiliate Members

Passionate about nature and deeply inspired by the large forests spreading around her home, Françoise started getting involved with conservation 10 years ago. Her desire to protect theses peaceful spaces first drove her to create Conservation des vallons de la serpentine (CVS).  This association, created in 2006, was born from environmental issues and a strong belief that our actions impact on their environment. With time and contact with biologists and Appalachian Corridor’s team, Françoise grew more and more driven.  A training with Susan Morse in Vermont with Fauna without Borders helped strengthen her environmental convictions.


Now retired from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Françoise is very active in the conservation community. When her managing tasks get too heavy, she goes out for a walk in the forest surrounding her that is now mainly protected. This is the best reminder that all of her work is definitely worth it.

Marie-Claire Planet
Delegate for Western Affiliate Members

Marie-Claire is a member of the Board since 2014. Trained in Computer science, she works as a Project Manager and has led major projects both in Québec and worldwide for over 30 years.

In 1998, she joined the board of the Ruiter Valley Land Trust and is now President. Passionate with botanic and  herbalism, she writes popularizing documents published by this organization and coordinates events, including flora identification workshops with various specialists in the field.